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“I don’t know why, but everybody is really good against us”

“I don’t know why, but everybody is really good against us”

Boro boss Aitor Karanka said: “I don’t know why, but everybody is really good against us.”

“I was watching the Manchester United v Hull game and against us, they (United) looked like they were flying and on Wednesday, they were walking on the pitch – or that was my impression.”

“We have an amazing challenge to stay in the Premier League and I am sure we will be in the Premier League next season.”

 


 

Another football club that doesn’t have anyone managing what its employees say in front of journalists.

Spurs looked to be building some momentum during that splendid run of thumping naff teams 4-1 or so, however the two recent draws against City and Sunderland have left the mood a tad flat.

Boro are precariously placed in 15th spot which tells us a fair amount of what we might need to know. They’ve not won in their last six and it was only a draw last week against the mighty West Brom that nudged them upwards into 15th.

A cynic would say Boro are looking to limp out of this with a draw.

Karanka looks like a man who has been embezzling funds from the bank he works at.

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  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Horndog 😎 February 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Stunning new blog

  • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve just read the CL requirements, it seems if ManUre finished outside the top four but won the Ropey they would go into the play off, if Leicester won the CL they would go into next year’s CL, making six English teams in all.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Maximum of five.

      • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        Ergo, if Leicester won *cough* *splutter* the CL then Manure wouldn’t qualify if the won the Ropey.

      • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm

        Yep, just reread EUFA.com relevant section

        ‘This season was the first where the winners of the previous UEFA Europa League gained automatic entry into the UEFA Champions League, Sevilla taking that berth despite finishing fifth in Spain. That meant Spain had a record five teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage this time around.’

  • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    When we win the Ropey, does that mean an extra CL place for fifth? We will be in the top four.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      If we win the ropey and finish in the top four there will be NO place for a fifth team.

      • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        Incorrect. Spain entered five clubs this season. Seville won the Ropey and qualified that way.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

          They finished seventh in the league which didn’t affect the top four teams automatic qualification.

  • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    UnkleTaff
    I think what I liked most about the televised bowls last week is that they actually had slow-motion replays.

    How could you tell? 🕙🕥

  • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Come on you home time.
    Oh home time we love you.

    • Superspoz February 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Quarter turn tap glands replaced. I’m out of here.

      • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        Did it hurt? Local anaesthetic I presume.

        • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

          WD40.

          • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

            PTFE as well?

            • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

              Not needed. There’s an ‘O’ ring involved.

              • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

                Thank you doctor.

                • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

                  That’ll be £825 + vat.

  • Spursy February 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Eric Dier on the Spurs vibe.

    “Once you do win that first trophy, maybe the pressure is relieved and, hopefully, many more will come, but it is a different scenario to what teams in England have done in the past. We are building something as a club.

    “We have not gone out and bought lots of players at once. It is a process here and everyone is buying into it. There are no stars here, which is what we are about, and the atmosphere is unlike anything I’ve been involved with.

    “Look at Hugo Lloris. He is captain of France and, I believe, the best goalkeeper in the Premier League but you will not meet someone as humble. The manager would not accept anything less.”

    • Camus February 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Uh oh… Trophy talk again…

  • Camus February 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Griezmann to United – agreed in principle, apparently.
    Not seen that much of him but when I have done I’ve always thought he seemed a bit flaky and lightweight. I’m unconvinced he would be a massive success in the grind of the PL where some defenders can actually defend.

    • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Agreed. Someone will big feet will end up squishing him. But I’d have him at spurs in a heartbeat. Basically, all players that are linked with our rivals are shit, unless we buy them of course. Then we make them shit.

    • UnkleTaff February 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      That “principle” presumably dependent on Utd having CL football next year?

      • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        According to hazard, they are chelseas main rivals for the title…

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

        Utd will get champions league through the Europa. I’m certain of that.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

          Even if they don’t get top 4 …which they will.

          • UnkleTaff February 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

            No chance.

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

              Utd for top 4 you mean?

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm

                Their 6 points off 2nd. Its up for grabs.

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

                  5 points. This table ain’t updated since hull.

                  • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

                    4 points. Still NO.

        • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

          The Ropey is ours.

    • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Can you imagine the wages. Griezmann, Pogba, Rooney, Izahimherbitch. I reckon their wages alone would pay for our entire squad.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

        Its madness. City and utd should be 1st and 2nd and killing it.

        • Camus February 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

          Yanited and City – killing football for everyone…

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

            ££££££££

  • bigs February 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    it faking boro…..a whipping is in order

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Crikey!? Surprised he’s payin em at all…

  • Spursy February 3, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Come on you Spuuurrrsss!!

  • Citizen Smozz February 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Nice one Taff!
    3 nil Spurs then 😂

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Superbowl this weekend too. I’m piling on Atlanta. Reckon theyl shock bradys bunch.

    • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I`m not into bowls, but I`m sure Taff will watch it.

      • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        Ha! I actually bet on the bowls last year. Its riveting when you get absorbed in it.

        • UnkleTaff February 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

          I think what I liked most about the televised bowls last week is that they actually had slow-motion replays.

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm

            Classic.

        • Spurstacus 💋 February 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

          No it isn’t. 😉

          • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

            Mustv been the cash that was riding on it….

      • melcyid February 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

        I had to use the toilet bowl this morning

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I had a super bowl of porridge this morning.

      • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        Me too, with a banana and a generous handful of blueberries. Yum yum.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

          A selection of vine fruit from Waitrose in mine, plumped up with a little hot water beforehand. Lush!

          • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 3:35 pm

            I can`t imagine going porridgeless these days. #oatsrock

            • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 3:36 pm

              #oatcuisine.

            • Superspoz February 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm

              Try this. Soak it up over night in almond milk,smooth organic peanut butter and a little cocoa powder(not hot chocolate powder). Warm it up in the morning and drizzle some honey over it. POW.

              • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

                Phew! I didn’t even have breakfast!….I gotta shape up.

              • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

                I do an overnight with fat free yoghurt, blueberries and pear, then a dollop of honey in the morning. Luvit.

                • Superspoz 🏆 February 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

                  If I have time, I caramalise chucks of apple and add a little vanilla extract. beauuuutiful.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm

          Found some 2 year old cherries in the freezer today. Some of those going in the bowl tomorrow.

        • UnkleTaff February 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm

          I put cucumber in mine.

          • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm

            Freak.

      • Northern Spur February 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        This ain’t Facebook, Nutty!!

        • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

          Thank the god of breakfast cereals for that.

    • Horndog 😎 February 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Pfft on the whole thing, if you listen to our media it’s all about Lady GaGa.

  • UnkleTaff February 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    This has got banana skin written all over it. I can see them sitting deep and nicking a 1-0 victory.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 February 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Phase one of the master plan is complete.

    • Freund or Foe February 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Keep it up Unk.

    • Citizen Smozz February 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Nice one Taff!
      3 nil Spurs then 😂

    • Spursy February 3, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Great ‘un, Unk.

  • Camus February 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    “It was difficult. We are very disappointed. We are still in a good situation but we have to work hard and show in this moment that we can fight for big things at the end of the season.”

    I do not wanna hear this again, Poch man. The Hammers stuffed ’em 3-1 two weeks ago.

    • Spursy February 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Agree – don’t need any more of this sort of thing. However, I usually like how Poch has mastered the art of wittering so that he keeps pressure of the players in public. Behind closed doors, I expect he’s very different.

  • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Second result I will be looking for is Leicester. They really are struggling.

    • Camus February 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Nothing would please me more than to see them fall into the mire. All the gloating lads at my Thursday night football are very very quiet.

      • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        They play Swansea soon. A real six pointer for them.

      • Caspurs♿️ February 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        Does that mean you’re in Leicestershire then?

        • Camus February 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

          Warwickshire but I play footie across the border, yeah.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I forget his name and its bugging me.

    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      That’s the reply to glôs. Effin no clue why its here.

      • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        Traore?

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm

          That’s him. Just checked meself…

          • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm

            I haven’t watched him, but if he’s that good we need to buy him! Stop wasting money on untried potential and get proven players.

            • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm

              He’s a bit of a headless chicken but he’s dangerous. Can go either way with him I think. Very fast.

            • Caspurs♿️ February 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

              He plays like a headless chicken, so no we don’t, one Andross was more than enough thank you.

              • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

                Dangerous chickens . 🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔

                🐓

                • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:10 pm

                  Run for ya lives!

                  • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

                    Ya better believe it!

                    • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm

                      I dont trust chickens. They got a funny look about them. I don’t trust traore either. He’s like a blood moon, once in a while he’ll turn up and wow everyone…and when will that once in a while be? Saturday? Sods law. Nah, we’ll be fine…

  • AccringtonSpurs February 3, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    It’s one of those games that you think is easily winnable – with a fully fit squad and playing 3 at the back…

    We’ll probably go 4231 and make hard work of it.

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? February 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Boro have a ultra rapid wide player. Without rose we could get caught if we end up chasing 3 points late on. Early goal please laddos.

  • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Boro so far have nine draws to our eight.

    This is going to be like a continuation of the Sunderland game.

    • Caspurs♿️ February 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Doom munger.

      • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm

        Boro have only conceded 27 goals, so they will be harder to score against than Sunderland. We really need to sort this out on the training ground. Corners especially, they can’t be frittered away by Eriksen.

        • Caspurs♿️ February 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm

          Corners are a small part of the game, more intelligence around the box, using the full width of the pitch is whats needed, as well as a faster passing tempo.

          • Spursy February 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

            Yep, anything quicker than our usual glacial pace is a naffin’ essential.
            Get on with it, Tottenham!

  • Caspurs♿️ February 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Just get the phakin jobe done!

    • Horndog 😎 February 3, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Win baby!

  • AccringtonSpurs February 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    “Erik Lamela’s progession is good. Day by day he is getting there. It’s important to be cautious but positive.”

    http://www.insidefutbol.com/2017/02/03/very-positive-mauricio-pochettino-provides-spurs-update-ahead-of-middlesbrough-game/324924/

    • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      I hope Poch has confiscated his XBox. Or bought him an orthopaedic chair to sit in. Stupid boy.

      • Caspurs♿️ February 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

        Ryan Giggs had a similar problem, which was caused by the clutch pedal in his car, sh!t h@ppens.

  • Horndog 😎 February 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Per Poch, five out, Verts, Rose, Trippier, N’koudou, Lamela.

    • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Just tell us when Lamela’s IN.

      • Horndog 😎 February 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

        In the same article Poch stated he was making positive progress. So who knows?

        • Gloster1861 February 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

          Since the injury is undetectable, progress is debateable.

  • Wombat Hunter February 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Yup.

  • MysteriousStranger February 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Yep.

    • melcyid February 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      yurp

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